AVCon is an annual anime and video games festival run by the non for profit organisation Team AVCon Inc. Unlike related events run in Adelaide AVCon prides itself on providing as much content as possible to our attendees with minimal if no extra cost.
AVCON began in 2002, AVCON (then A/V Connection, now commonly known to stand for Anime and Video Games Festival) began as a joint convention supported by volunteers from the University of South Australia’s Adelaide Japanese Animation Society (AJAS) and the Adelaide University Video Gamers Association (AUVGA). After four successful annual conventions, Team AVCon Inc was established as an independent entity to run and sustain the annual convention.
In 2008, owing to continuing growth in attendee numbers, Team AVCon moved the 2009 convention from the University of Adelaide to the Adelaide Convention Centre. Since this move our attendee numbers grow every year, in 2016 we had over 18,500 people attend the festival.
|July 2002||University of Adelaide|
|19–20 July 2003||University of Adelaide|
|17–18 July 2004||University of Adelaide|
|16–17 July 2005||University of Adelaide||RPG|
|15–16 July 2006||University of Adelaide||Pirates vs Ninjas|
|21–22 July 2007||University of Adelaide||Rock Show|
|26–27 July 2008||University of Adelaide||Space Opera|
|24–26 July 2009||Adelaide Convention Centre||Heroes and Villains|
|23–25 July 2010||Adelaide Convention Centre||Into the Woods|
|22–24 July 2011||Adelaide Convention Centre||Retro|
|27–29 July 2012||Adelaide Convention Centre||Neon Future|
|12–14 July 2013||Adelaide Convention Centre||School Days|
|18–20 July 2014||Adelaide Convention Centre||Fantasy RPG|
|17-19 July 2015||Adelaide Convention Centre||Detective Agency|
|15-17 July 2016||Adelaide Convention Centre||Magica vs Mecha|
|21-23 July 2017||Adelaide Convention Centre||TBA|
Team AVCon is an incorporated, non-profit organisation whose aim is to keep AVCON as a fun, open and accessible event. AVCON is organised by an elected team, who manage and work with an organising committee. The elected members are voted in by the Team AVCon Incorporated Membership at the end of each year.
The membership of this organisation consists of a group of past and present volunteers who in the past have shown their dedication to making AVCON a success. The members of Team AVCon Inc. are truly interested in anime and video games; if they weren’t organising the Festival, they would be attendees! This interest gives them the passion to make AVCON the best it can be, and also ensures that AVCON remains a Festival for the fans.
The Team AVCon Elect is a four member team elected at the Annual General Meeting by the membership of the organisation. The Elect appoints the Committee and guides the overall direction of the organisation and Festival.
|Vice Convenor||Nathan Cronin-Earl|
The Team AVCon Committee is responsible for the running of the Festival. The structure of the Committee is determined by the Elect each year. Each role on the Committee is responsible for a particular facet of the Festival.
|Design Coordinator||Jaimie Wearne|
|Events Coordinator||Kayla Garner|
|Marketing Coordinator||Elise Champion|
|Sponsorship Coordinator||Seb Cooper|
|Technical Coordinator||Chris Murch|
|Ticketing Coordinator||Anthony Kearney|
|Venue Coordinator||Michael Hill|
|Games Coordinator||Daniel Petherick|
|Human Resources Coordinator||Ripley Newbold|
|Exhibitor Coordinator||Kira Carter|
|IGR Coordinator||Brad Barrett|
|Membership Officer||Adam Rau|
Application for Team AVCon membership is open to any member of the general public who has demonstrated their dedication to the success of AVCon. Successful applicants will require sponsorship of an existing member of the Team AVCon Elect, Committee or a sub-committee.
Membership requires all members to have volunteered for the event in a previous year or to currently be a standing committee member. If you’re interested in becoming a member, we recommend getting involved with the Festival through volunteering this year!
The Team AVCon Rules of Association are available here.
The AVCON Invaders
Each year AVCon enlists the help of approximately 200 volunteers to assist the Elect and Committee to run the Festival. Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 60, and help out all over the Festival to ensure our attendees have an amazing weekend. Positions include: set-up, ticketing, running events, crowd management and many more fun and exciting roles.
AVCon would not be as successful as it is without these dedicated volunteers!